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Feb 16, 2021
Ardmore mining campaign kicks off

Ardmore mining campaign kicks off

Mining is expected to start at the Ardmore phosphate project south of Mount Isa next week to produce 25,000 tonnes of ore. Centrex Metals executive chairman Graham Chrisp said a team was on site this week to carry out surveying and necessary preparatory work. The company is ultimately looking to produce about 800,000 wet tonnes of phosphate rock per annum from the Ardmore site and in 2019 ...

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Feb 16, 2021
Mount Mackenzie drilling to feed feasibility study

Mount Mackenzie drilling to feed feasibility study

Resources & Energy Group expects drilling to start this week at its Mount Mackenzie gold and silver project, 150km north-west of Rockhampton. Proactive Drilling has been selected to carry out the drilling program, with the company expecting to mobilise within the next few days A scoping study conducted in July 2020 returned an indicated and inferred resource of 3.42Mt at 1.18g/t gold a...

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Feb 16, 2021
Boost for Townsville battery chemicals project

Boost for Townsville battery chemicals project

Queensland Pacific Metals is ready to select an engineering contractor to proceed with definitive feasibility work for its planned Townsville battery chemicals plant. And the company announced today that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Port of Townsville to line up port access for the $550 million-plus project. It said the port had confirmed there was sufficient capacity to...

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Feb 16, 2021
WA miner deploys driverless utes

WA miner deploys driverless utes

Fortescue Metals Group has turned four Ford Rangers into driverless utes at its Chichester Hub mining operations in Western Australia. With the assistance of Ford Australia, the Ford Rangers have been retrofitted with an on-board vehicle automation system. This features an integrated Lidar/Radar perception system for obstacle detection and avoidance, an independent safety management and fa...

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Feb 15, 2021
Aurizon sees future growth for coal

Aurizon sees future growth for coal

Rail operator Aurizon is expecting Australian coal exports to grow over the next decade at a rate of about 1 per cent per annum despite difficulties with China. Steel-intensive growth in India and prolonged coal-fired generation driven by relatively new power stations in Asia were expected to support that growth. The outlook came in Aurizon’s half-year financial reporting, which show...

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Feb 15, 2021
Bright business outlook for Townsville region

Bright business outlook for Townsville region

Business confidence across the Townsville region is soaring according to new survey results from PVW Partners. And their optimism is backed up by another new report – the Townsville and North West Queensland Economic Outlook. Prepared by by Regional Economic Advisory and Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland (RDA), it points to the potential for improved ...

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Feb 15, 2021
GBM lines up Twin Hills to build on gold hub

GBM lines up Twin Hills to build on gold hub

GBM Resources is well on the way to adding Minjar Gold’s Twin Hills project to its growing suite of Drummond Basin gold tenements. The company has entered a new non-binding agreement for the acquisition of Twin Hills, hot on the heels of its purchase of the nearby Yandan gold project from Aeris Resources. GBM managing director and chief executive officer Peter Rohner described it as...

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Feb 15, 2021
Drilling industry courts women

Drilling industry courts women

The drilling industry is encouraging more women into its ranks. Most drill rigs are still single-sex says Australian Drilling Industry Association board member, Charters Towers driller and outlier Sally Forgan. Ms Forgan says there’s pressure to change the balance. “There is a shortage in our industry … especially attracting new talent to the pool is quite problematic sometimes,” she say...

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Feb 15, 2021
Greenvale Mining launches $1.5m program at Alpha

Greenvale Mining launches $1.5m program at Alpha

Greenvale Mining has kicked off a $1.5 million program of drilling and bulksample collection at its Alpha torbanite project in Central Queensland. The work is planned to underpin the establishment of a JORC-compliant resource and pre-feasibility study by mid-2021. A pilot-scale retort testing program will begin later this month once bulk samples are received, the company says. Greenvale ...

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